This Giving Tuesday, the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan continues to serve an ever-growing number of patients. To encourage donations, current and former members of the Board have pooled their individual contributions to match up to $16,000.00 of donations made before the end of the year.
The satellite clinic in Mongalla began treating patients two years ago. Today over 1,400 clinic visits occur every month, almost double the number in the first 6 months. 30% of visits are children younger than 5. Children in South Sudan have a 1 in 5 chance of not living to age 5!
Patients waiting to be seen at the clinic on a recent day.
The staff of 15 at our clinic in the Mongalla IDP Camp offers healthcare 24/7 for 43,000+ people displaced by flooding and more than 57,000 residents in the host communities.
- Our staff treat malaria and cholera, provide acute wound care, including for wild animal bites and motor accidents, and triage many other medical emergencies.
- Our Clinical Officer correctly diagnosed and treated two cases of Guinea Worm, a parasite that had been largely eradicated.
- BCSS’ Midwife and our Traditional Birthing Attendant have already assisted with over 80 successful live births. This is remarkable in a country with one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.
- Vaccinators administer childhood and adult vaccinations (soon to include Covid vaccines) supplied by UNICEF.
- Through a partnership with the World Food Program, we are now able to provide supplements to malnourished patients including newborns, children, and needy mothers.
- The Laboratory Technician is working in the recently outfitted lab in our new multi-function ward building.
Our fundraising goal for 2024 is $120,000.
Our patient numbers have almost doubled, but our small team has grown by only two people, with the recent addition of a laboratory techician and a vaccinator clerk. Your donations are used to pay salaries for our clinic staff (our largest expense) and for medications. This Thanksgiving season and always, your support is so important.
Project Director, Dr. Kon Abraham and a young patient